Employment and Volunteering

Employment Support for Residents and Businesses

If you are an unemployed Waltham Forest resident looking for a job, we can help you. The Waltham Forest Employment team deliver a one-to-one service to support Waltham Forest residents to gain employment.

Phone: 020 8496 2974 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday

Email: adult.learning@walthamforest.gov.uk with your name and contact details.

Work Rights Centre

Advice on employment rights, obtaining Settled Status, discrimination and health and safety issues at work.

Employment support – CVs, cover letters etc.

Free, confidential service available in a number of European languages.

Phone: 0300 4000 100

Fill in an online form if you need more information.

Employment Rights Hub

Information about employment rights and details of what to do if you’re having problems at work.

Available in 20 languages.

RISE (Refugees Into Sustainable Employment)

One-to-one support for refugees to help them into training, education or employment.

Phone: 0203 146 3033

Email: g.ahmed@renaisi.com (Gerrar Ahmed)

Refugee Council

Information, advice and guidance service supporting refugees living in London in accessing appropriate training and employment opportunities.

Phone: 0207 346 1047

Email: rij@refugeecouncil.org.uk

Register to get help finding work.

ESOL Nexus – Your Rights At Work

Learn about your rights as a worker and get advice for problems you may face at the workplace in the UK. 


Age UK

Could you befriend an isolated older person, visiting them once a week for an hour, for a minimum of 6 weeks (phoning during the Covid lockdown)? Age UK Waltham Forest needs more people to volunteer as befrienders, especially people who speak an additional language as well as English.  If you are interested please:

Phone: 020 8558 5512 

Email: volunteering@ageukwalthamforest.org.uk

Find information and volunteering opportunities.

Volunteer training for English Conversation Clubs

Are you interested in volunteering?  Are you a confident English speaker? Have you got one or two hours spare each week?  Would you be interested in helping people improve their English speaking skills? Some of the clubs are in schools, children’s centres, places of worship and community centres around Waltham Forest, as well as online (Zoom). 

We offer volunteers a 5-week FREE City and Guilds accredited training course (Level 3) to support adults who have English as a second language.  There is also an ongoing support and development programme for volunteers who complete the training and contribute to the running of a club.

Our courses run throughout the year.

If you are interested in becoming an English Conversation Club volunteer:

Phone: 07773 390705 

Email Anna at conversationclub.als@walthamforest.gov.uk  to request an application form.

Legends of the Forest

Find out about local volunteering opportunities around Waltham Forest.

GoodGym- Waltham Forest

GoodGym offers opportunities to keep fit and do good in your community. Members combine a weekly run with physical tasks such as gardening, painting, cleaning and helping isolated people aged 60+. All sessions are free to attend and open to runners of all abilities.

Email: getinvolved@goodgym.org  

Phone: 0203 432 3920

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